Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Tea and Cookies" by Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers is a name that was already familiar to me thanks to his 101 Series of books (Thanksgiving 101, Christmas 101), but it's his new release, Tea and Cookies, that I'm most excited about! The well-known cookbook author has now turned his attention to our favorite beverage in combination with cookies, and that's certainly a winning combination in this new book.

"What should accompany a cup of tea?" Rodgers asks. "While savory foods are usually on the menu, sweets are a constant. When food is carefully prepared in bite-sized portions, the elegance factor rises. And cookies, which are really just small, individually sized cakes, are always part of the teatime menu." The book begins with a tea primer, and I've found it is usually wise to read such chapters when I come across them. There is always more to learn about tea, plus I find it helpful to remind myself of some of the basics concerning tea production and varieties.

The book contains recipes for both hot and cold tea beverages, including such treats as Pomegranate Mint Tea and Mango Tea Slush. And oh, the cookies! The temptations include Cherry and White Chip Cookies, Chai Snickerdoodles, and the one I'm especially eager to try, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Earl Grey Ganache. Several of the recipes are updates of old favorites, such as Lime Madeleines and Green Tea Custard Tartlets. Rodgers also aims to make our cookie baking easier with his Cookie Primer, which explains the uses of standard ingredients and offers tips on equipment and baking techniques. This cookie book would be a treat for anyone who loves cookies, but for the tea lover it is definitely a must-read!


  1. Looks like a great book and one that could sit out in your kitchen. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

  2. I will look for this book. A tea lover can never have enough teapots, teacups or tea books! :-)

  3. Love tea and cookies. This would be a fun book to havew.

  4. Sounds like a great book. Who doesn't love tea and cookies?

  5. This is the only Rick Rodgers cookbook I own. I've been wanting to try the Blueberry Cheesecake Bars and Green Tea Custard Tartlets. He also included my favorite scones in this book - Currant Cream Scones - which are very basic and traditional.


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